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Photos: 10 Most Beautiful Waterfalls

From the thundering roar of Niagara Falls in the U.S. to the elegant veil of Angel Falls in Venezuela, we found the world's most photogenic waterfalls—and share the best ways to see the action in person.

  1. Venezuela's Angel Falls is the tallest in the world at 3,211 feet high.

    (FabioFilzi/istockphoto)
  2. Unlike most cascades, Angel Falls isn't fed by snowmelt, a lake, or a river—but by rainfall from the tropical clouds.

    (Jay Dickman/CORBIS)
  3. Angel Falls is located in Canaima National Park, which has an on-site airport that connects visitors to and from Venezuela's capital city, Caracas.

    (Courtesy Yosemite/Wikimedia Commons)
  4. If the Grand Canyon were covered in Technicolor green moss, spotted with 16 lakes across its base, and laced with thousands of falls along its walls, it would look a little something like Plitvice Lakes National Park in southwestern Croatia.

    (Courtesy wikipediacommons)
  5. Plitvice Lakes National Park sits 80 miles south of Croatia's capital, Zagreb, an easy two-hour drive.

    (Courtesy Croatian National Tourist Board/Renco Kosinozic)
  6. Plitvice Lakes National Park is at its peak from May through September, after the spring melt.

    (Courtesy TomiNieminen/Wikimedia Commons)
  7. The color of the water in Plitvice Lakes National Park is intensely turquoise, thanks to the unique mix of minerals and organisms in runoff from the nearby Dinaric Alps.

    (Courtesy evbk/myBudgetTravel)
  8. The three-tiered Yosemite Falls, in California, stretches 2,425 feet from top to bottom.

    (Courtesy DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.)
  9. Yosemite Falls, with its granite cliffs, is one of the most gorgeous sights in the U.S.

    (Courtesy blairherzog/myBudgetTravel)
  10. Visitors taking in 158-foot-high Horseshoe Falls, one of three cascades that make up Niagara Falls, on the U.S.-Canadian border.

    (Courtesy RussellKord)
  11. An aerial view of Niagara Falls from the Canadian side.

    (Courtesy Niagara Tourism & Convention Corp.)
  12. Truly "Down Under," Sutherland Falls sits on the southwestern tip of the South Island of New Zealand.

    (Frans Lemmens/Alamy)
  13. One of hundreds of cascades in Fiordland National Park, Sutherland Falls drops 1,904 feet and is accessible via the famous Milford Track hiking path.

    (Courtesy Destination Fiordland)
  14. More than twice as high as Niagara Falls and about a mile across, Victoria Falls straddles the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Here, a view from the Zambian side.

    (empusa/istockphoto)
  15. Baboons, elephants, and hippos are often spotted along the shores of Victoria Falls.

    (Courtesy damurphs/myBudgetTravel)
  16. Iguazu Falls consists of a network of 275 falls that spans nearly two miles, in northern Argentina.

    (Courtesy ramonbaile/Flickr)
  17. The water from Iguazu plummets with such intense force that the spray almost looks as if it's shooting up from the pools below.

    (Courtesy wylene11/myBudgetTravel)
  18. Hanakapi'ai Falls plunges 300 feet from volcanic-rock cliffs on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

    (Courtesu Kauai Visitors Bureau)
  19. Hanakapi'ai Falls is a popular resting point along Hawaii's famously scenic Kalalau hiking trail.

    (Courtesy *bjo/Flickr)
  20. Iceland's two-tiered Gullfoss sits 75 miles away from the capital, Reykjavik.

    (Courtesy cbenitez/myBudgetTravel)
  21. The best time to visit Gullfoss is from June through August, when the ice has melted and temperatures hover around 60 degrees Fahrenheit.

    (Courtesy WikimediaCommons)
  22. The combined height (2,008 feet) and width (205 feet) of Langfoss make for a memorable sight.

    (Erik Kvalheim- Samarbeidsradet/Courtesy Sunnhordland)

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